How to Grow: Saving Herb Seeds

Learn how to save seeds from your own herb plants such as dill and cilantro . Listen to podcast:   This time of year it's usually a battle to keep my herbs from going to seed. We all know herbs like basil produce more and bigger leaves if you can slow the march toward flower and seed formation. But sometimes it's best to work with nature, instead of against it. Some herbs, such has dill, fennel and cilantro, produce seeds that are not only edible, but desirable. Cilantro seeds are also known as coriander, a favorite in Indian and...


How to Grow: Shiitake Mushroom Logs

Learn how to grow your own shiitake mushroom logs. Listen to podcast: There's not much fruiting this time of year, except my logs. Let me explain. I've been growing mushrooms in wood chip beds for years, but last year I decided to try something different. A local mushroom grower was selling pre-inoculated shiitake logs, so I purchased some. Well, even after a dry summer and my infrequent waterings, our logs are fruiting. Growing your own shiitake mushrooms isn't that hard and can save you some money. Shiitake mushrooms grow on hardwood...


How to Grow: Thyme and Oregano

When it comes to flavoring recipes, Mediterranean herbs are some of the most popular. While rosemary and basil get lots of press, don’t forget the low growing, perennial herbs, such as thyme and oregano. Oregano offers that robust flavor we associate with pasta sauces. Thyme leaves have fragrances such as lemon, orange and nutmeg depending on the selection. Both herbs compliments fish, meat, cheese and vegetables featuring beans and squash well. They are both beautiful plants with white or pink flowers How to Use in Foodscaping Most thyme...